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The Code

All NAP members are bound by the Code of Professional Responsibility.



There are two organizations in the United States for professional parliamentarians; both offer accreditation:

  • National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP)

    • Credentials offered: Registered Parliamentarian (RP) and Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP)

    • NAP uses Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised (12th edition, 2020)

  • American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP)

    • Credentials offered: Certified Parliamentarian (CP) and Certified Professional Parliamentarian (CPP). Those who have completed a teaching certification course have "-T" added to the credential. 

    • AIP uses the Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure (2nd edition, 2023) and refers to other parliamentary authorities.



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Study Questions

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    Frequently asked questions and official interpretations.

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